|Chinese medicine is an ancient system of healing that is based on the philosophy
that we are each a web of energy and substance woven together by the constant
interaction of the two. Pathology results when this smooth flow becomes blocked.
Acupuncture, herbal medicine, moxibustion, exercise, nutrition, and body work
are used to restore the natural movement of energy and essence.
Acupuncture has been performed in Asia for thousands of years. Today,
acupuncture is performed using sterile, single-use acupuncture needles.
Acupuncture needles are much different than the more familiar hypodermic
needles, and insertion is generally quite painless. Points are chosen based on the
individual's constitution, disease, and symptoms. Needles are left in for 20 to
45 minutes while the patient relaxes. Many of the benefits of acupuncture are
Chinese herbal medicine has also been in use for thousands of years. Chinese
herbs are classified according to their physical and energetic properties and
then used in combinations that minimize possible side effects. When used
properly, Chinese herbs are very safe and effective. Media coverage of harm
from Chinese herbs such as Ma Huang (Ephedra) confirms that herbs are
powerful and should not be abused. Chinese herbal medicine is effective in
treating acute and chronic disease.
Moxibustion is the burning of moxa (a species of the herb Artemesia) over
acupuncture points in order to warm or strengthen the organs and their
functions. Many chronic and acute diseases are treated using moxibustion and
patients usually report feeling relaxed and warmed by the experience.
The martial arts developed as a method of cultivating qi (pronounced “chee”), or
energy. As forms of moving meditations, the various martial arts, especially qi
gong and tai qi, have proven to be beneficial for diseases as varied as the
common cold, depression, and cancer.
|About Chinese Medicine